In true rock fashion, this one goes to 11.
I'm into both music and the environment, but I'm often disappointed when musicians try to combine the two. To my mind, in too many songs with environmental themes, the message ends up eclipsing the music. The result, even when they are done by accomplished artists, is often something like this – a mawkish guilt-trip that makes me want to start a tire fire.
That said, there are some genuinely good eco-themed songs out there. Ones with smart lyrics. Ones that rock. The Bright Green Blog's Panel of Distinguished Experts (which consists of, well, me) has assembled a list of the best ones out there. And, in true rock fashion, it goes to 11. Links are to videos for the songs on YouTube.
11. Idioteque, by Radiohead I've listened to Kid-A more times than I can count, but I'll admit that I never actually paid any attention to the lyrics of this song until Wikipedia told me that it had an environmental theme. "Ice age coming/Ice age coming/Let me hear both sides/Let me hear both sides," croons Thom Yorke. Could this be anything other than an allusion to the fabricated controversy over the scientific basis of global warming?
10. Blackened, by Metallica "Death of mother earth/Never a rebirth/Evolutions end/Never will it mend." When it comes to singing about the apocalypse, nobody can touch these thrash metal hegemons.
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